January 14: Aizu Bange’s Tug-of-War Festival

Next Monday, the annual Tug-of-War Festival will be held in Aizu Bange Town, a small town just a short drive from Aizu-Wakamatsu City. I attended this festival last year and had lots of fun, so I wanted to share some information about the festival for people considering going this year! Basic Information: The festival’s nameContinue reading January 14: Aizu Bange’s Tug-of-War Festival

“Why We Love Winter in Fukushima”: Local Recommendations

Hi everyone! I hope you have all had a good Christmas break. This is my first day back at work! During the holidays, I spoke to members of the international community here who either currently live in Fukushima or who have lived here, and asked them what they love most about the prefecture. They providedContinue reading “Why We Love Winter in Fukushima”: Local Recommendations

Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-Fi Heroes

Fukushima Prefecture’s biggest firework festival will be held tomorrow night (August 25) in Sukagawa City. I was impressed went to the Sukagawa City Shakado River Fireworks Display last year. Not only was the 90-minute firework display fantastic, but the atmosphere in the city centre was really fun and exciting. Thinking back to my visit toContinue reading Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-Fi Heroes

Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Introducing the Yanaizu Naked Man Festival On the evening of January 7th every year, crowds of men, dressed only in loincloths, get ready for Yanaizu’s Naked Man festival or Hadaka Mairi (Literally translates as ‘Naked Temple Visit’). They cleanse their bodies, and march through the streets of Yanaizu to Enzoji Temple, almost completely exposed toContinue reading Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018

One of the questions I am asked the most frequently is how to reach Ouchi-juku, especially during the annual snow festival held in this historic post-town. The information about accessing this festival is predominantly written in Japanese, so I thought I would post this blog article about how to access the festival. Next year’s SnowContinue reading Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018